Ever wonder who the "King of the Springs" is? Dr. Dobson? Mayor Rivera? Marty Venticinque? Well, thanks to Without Warning Entertainment's Freestyle MC Battle this Saturday, June 13, at Stevie B's (675 S. Circle Drive), it looks like we may finally get to find out. The winner will receive $1,000 of recording time, or three full songs (whichever comes first). The second-place finisher, in the spirit of most freestyle battles, will win a swift kick in the pants.

Also on the hip-hop front that day, the ReMINDers, along with City Troops Entertainment and a host of special guests, are playing at a free day-long Juneteenth Celebration at Hillside Gardens Community Center. Not to pressure you or anything, but this will be their last show before heading out on a tour that includes a gig at the Omaha, Neb., birthplace of Malcolm X, as well as a sick spot representing Colorado at the Hip Hop Congress' National Conference in Seattle.

Moving on: It's not every day that I get to use the term "down-tempo psychedelic folk rock," but then again, it's not every day Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters come to town, either. In fact, for the past year, Damon and his band of long-haired, capped and bearded brothers (which includes ex-members of Ocha la Rocha, Bootleg Audio and the Silver City Rustlers) have been holed up deep in the hills of northern Georgia, carefully refining the songs that would become their debut album, Meridian Road, an ethereal procession of modern indie folk, highly reminiscent of Iron and Wine. Now ready to tell it to the world, the band will find itself at the Rocket Room on Saturday, June 13. Also on the bill will be El Toro de la Muerte, a swell and talented bunch of gentlemen, who will once again wow us with their patented indie rock bait-and-hook routine, as well as Tango Red Tapestry, an equally talented batch of clean-cut alt.rock musicians.

theLoft, everyone's favorite all-ages, clean living, "up with people" show space (2502 W. Colorado Ave.), has a juicy Colorado peach for all you youngsters this Friday, June 12. Smash your little piggy bank, round up all your space-face buddies, and drag them pennies down for a six-band lineup that includes the Titan Courageous (Denver's eternally emo tribute to Hopalong Cassidy) as well as local teen-pop heartthrobs Hudson Grace, alt.christian.rockers Cry for Pluto, the equally "sappy" Ashtree Close, some acoustic indie folk by Simple Discussion, and the upbeat Chicago/Boulder singer/songwriter Dave Tamkin. More info on theLoft, this show, and scores of others, can, and should, be found at myspace.com/theloft719.

Lastly this week, I would like to mark the passing of legendary blues icon Koko Taylor. The Grammy-winning "Queen of the Blues" was no stranger to Southern Colorado, having performed numerous shows in the Pikes Peak region, including a powerful performance at last year's KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival. (Video is available online at bluesunderthebridge.com.) Koko, so named for her childhood love of chocolate, passed away last week at the age of 80 in her hometown of Chicago.

Smell you later.

Send news, photos and nominations for King of the Springs to adam@csindy.com or myspace.com/atomleech.


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